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230                                  FLORA INDICA.                      [Berteridea*
Albumen oomeum.    Embryo axilis ; radloidap vagina spongiosa; cotyhdones piano-
concavm, hiantes.
3, BONGARDIA, C. A. Meyer.
Sepala 3-6. Petala 6, scpalis opposita, breviora, vix unguiculata,
basi exappendiculata, poro nectarifcro instrticta. Stamina Cj petalis
opposita; antheris cxtrorsis longitudinaiiter valvulis a basi sursum re-
volutis deldscentibus. Ovarium 1-loculare; omtlis basilaribus; stylo
brevi, disco foliaceo plioato margine stigmatoso terniinato. Capmla
vesicaria, membranocea, indchiscens. Semina 1-4 ut in Leontice.—
Herbse fflaberrimtf, rhizomate perennante> caulibus annuls^ foliis pinnati-
sectis.
1. B. Rauwolfii (C, A. Meyer, Veg. d. Vfa. Am. Oaucas. 174).—
led. M. llosu. i. 80 ; Floral Cabinet, iii. 33. t. 98 ; Henslow in Botanixt,
i. t. 50. Leontice Chrysogonutu, Linn. Sp. PI. 447; DC. Syst. i. 24,
Prod. i. 109; Oriff. It. Notes, p 237, No. 286,
HAB. Moritibus Afghanistan prope Q^uettah, alt. 5500 ped., Griff,!
Beluchistan, Stocks!—(FJ. vere.)
DISTIUB. Graieia, DC,; insulallhoda! Georgia! Syria, DC.; Persia!
Ui>rhtt 1 ~!i-}H'tlalis, luxe ntiuosn. Fttfia radicalia longc potiolata, pctiolo 2~<J-
|>olliciin, ik'xui)fl(», ad pinimlns subarti(»ulato (basi, title 3)0., stipula scnriosa aucto);
yixnulti' uumuvo variu», 2—10-jugsc', aolitaruu v. biuaj, ^-1.^ ]»>U. lougtc, sajpius
glauau, latu v. aiigustc oblonga* v. lincores, lobatic v. ileiitatw, ex schedia Griflithh
bnmneo-ftisaiatic. Scents (son caulis pars superior) aphylluw, tcres, glaucus, pani-
culatim ramosus; raiiiis olongatis, bracteis appressis membraaaceis suffultis, }axe
subdiohotomc divisis, raraulis api(ie Jloriferis, pedireilis elongatis ebracteatis, fructi-
feris 8tri(!tis rigidis* Flows ^ uuc. diametro, ebracteati, periantHo 9-12-phylJo.
Sep&ht plerumquc 6; 3 uxtcjriora iruuqualia, rotunilata, late coucava, membraaacca,
veuoaa: interiora ininorti, ol)]onga. Petata late obovata, sepalis iuterioribus latiora,
membranacea, basi saccota, ai>iee trimcata, crosa v. sinuata. Stamina filamentis
brevibus, antheris cloiigatis, j/er totaiu longitudinum ulriaquc iatrorsum dehiscenti-
bua, demaiu e basi subvalvatiin ruptis, connective apiculatis. Ovarium oblique
lageneefortue, membranaccuw, ^Heatum, ia stylum brovem attcnuatuin, stigmatc «sub-
3-lol)o anfraduoso, lobis plieatis. Otmla 4-8, funiculis rigiilia ercctia iuaequilongis.
Capsufa membranacea, plicatu, elliptica, -A—| poll, longa, deinum apice irrc^duntcr
rupta. Semina 1-3, globosa, glauca; tusta brunaea, coriacea; cndopleura subspon-
giosa, rafa, alburuim adluerente; albums corneum. Embryo cavitatc basilari albu-
minis rectua axili$ \ radicula hilo proxima, endopleurae duplicatura vagiaata. Ccty-
ledones breves.
The structure of the seed ia remarkable; it consists of a firm testa, withiu which
is a delicate endopleura adhering to the albumen. The embryo lies in a cylindrical
cavity of the albumen, with its radicle exposed, but sheathed iu a thin fold of the
endopleum, Lcdebour (Fl. Jtoss. I.e.) describes the petals as uo^uiculate, which ap-
pears hardly to be the me. The anthers arc truly mtrorse and dehisce longitudi-
nally, but the fissure, which extends the whole length of each cell, is towards its
margin, and after dehiscenco a rupture takes place along the connective also, from
tile fiiamont upwards, indicating an approach to the valvular dehiscence of Ber-
berit aud Leontice. Tlie stigma, reeembles that of PodopkyUutu to a considerable
degree,
B. Olivitrt, considered another species by Meyer, is desentcd as having the seg-
ments of the leaves (Mm) solitary and opposite, which is the <ww> with Stocks'
specimens of & Ramvljti, and with the upper leaves only of others from Georgia.